Up to London’s highest view and down to its foundations

Cultural & Heritage
Mar 22
2024

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Sightseeing with minimal walking - 10/15 minutes between each place

NOTE: FRIDAY EVENT (as group visits aren’t allowed at weekends to Horizon 22, and our maximum booked group size is 15).

You will need to pass through airport style security to enter most of the buildings. Your bags will be searched, so please bring the minimum you need to save time. No alcohol or food  please. A list of prohibited items here:  https://horizon22.co.uk/faq/#security

We will visit Horizon 22 – London’s highest viewing platform, and otherwise pretty much booked up for months.

Before this, we’ll visit the Roman remains at the Mithraeum Temple with its immersive interpretation and the Guildhall Gallery and Museum (gallery, museum and remains of Roman amphitheatre).

At the London Centre, we are booked in to join the 30 minute talk introducing the development of London and viewing the models of modern London. 

Hopefully, we should be able to fit in St Stephen’s Walbrook church.

Lunch will be grab and go.

Please feel free to join me for drinks at the Lamb Tavern in Leadenhall Market after the visit to Horizon 22, which will be the last sight we visit. 

Please note that all sights have free entry. If you sign up, subject to usual provisos, please can you avoid cancelling at the last minute as I have made bookings for our group. 

Other than the talk at the London Centre, we won’t be guided around each place, but will have time to explore independently, and meet up at the end of each visit to move on.

The sights

Guildhall Museum and Gallery - https://www.thecityofldn.com/directory/guildhall-art-gallery/

The Gallery contains part of the Corporation of London’s art collection including its notable Victorian works and paintings of London. The remains of the Roman arena where gladiators and wild animals fought can also be viewed below ground.

The London Centre: New London Architecture/City Model - https://nla.london/exhibitions

We are booked in to join the 1230pm talk: https://nla.london/events/the-london-model-talk-2. As well as architects, the curious are welcomed and we should be able to view the scale models of the City of London and Greater London, which include buildings which have been granted planning permission. See if you can spot where you live, or have visited.

London Mithraeum - https://www.londonmithraeum.com/about

The Temple of Mithras was discovered in 1954, then moved and has now been reconstructed close to its original site under the European HQ of Bloomberg. This sits close of the River Walbrook and dates back nearly 2000 years. The visit includes the immersive experience of visiting the temple.

St Stephen’s Walbrook (subject to time on the day)

The current church was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1679, but more notably its dome is the precursor to the design of St Paul’s Cathedral. Subject to opening times, we’ll take a look to admire the architecture, which was rated as one of the top ten most important buildings in England by Pevsner.

Horizon 22 - https://horizon22.co.uk

This is now London’s and Western Europe’s highest viewing platform (at 254m), even though the Shard (as a whole) is taller. We’ll be whisked up to the 58th floor in seconds (after passing through the security queue) with huge 300 degree views over London

New Members

New members are very welcome. Please message me if you have any questions or concerns before the day. Whilst we are a very open and welcoming group, if you wish, we may be able to organise an existing member to buddy up with you before or on the day. Do also feel free to arrive early as I’m always around much earlier than the start time. 

Dogs - sorry, no dogs are permitted at these sights.

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